Creator Charles Addams' real home embodied the creepy Addams Family aesthetic

The cartoonist's house featured quaint touches, like a wall of crossbows, a snake's head frozen in a glass ball, a human thigh bone.

In The Addams Family episode "Art and the Addams Family," Grandmama proves so shockingly bad at painting that Gomez locks up a Pablo Picasso imposter in their basement until the painter can help the old lady improve.

Although this is just one funny premise in the show's run, the art in the Addams' home is no small part of the show. It turns the house into a character itself. There's so much personality in every beautiful specimen in Gomez and Morticia's collection. Between all the taxidermy and weaponry adorning surfaces and walls, the mansion is carpeted in ornate rugs and gleaming with priceless antiques.

You should know that all this style mirrored the home of the mastermind behind The Addams Family, cartoonist Charles Addams.

Addams liked to describe himself as a "normal American boy," but how many blue-jeaned boys do you know that grew up to want to kick their feet up after a hard day's work on an embalming table? When Addams found the unique piece of funeral home furniture, he had to have it, cutting a piece of glace to lay over the wicker in-set where a body would be laid, so he could set it in front of his couch.

"But [through the glass] you can still see some of the stains from the 'old fluids,'" Addams told The Charlotte Observer in 1981.

Those who knew him recognized his eye for art wasn't sick or twisted, just imbued with his unique sense of humor.

"He was very easygoing," Charles’ widow, Tee Addams, told The San Bernardino Sun in 1991. "He was one of the most gentle, sweet guys, even-tempered, wonderfully humored. He had this sort of funny, wry outlook on life."

She said he also had a collection of medieval armor and so many crossbows, they filled an entire wall.

"I'm sort of an escapist," Charles told the Observer. "I lost myself in arms and armor. I like to live in the past."

As a kid, Charles wasn't scared of the bogeyman. He was claustrophobic and hated being in small, enclosed spaces. It makes sense then, why Charles would eventually choose to live in a big home, full of the sorts of strange things that fascinated him, like the bogeyman.

He told the Observer some of the most unusual items in his collection included a stuffed piranha, two snake skins, a snake's head frozen in a glass ball, and… a human thigh bone.

Perhaps the bone was for his dog? Charles was persuaded to take in a pet he called Alice B. Curr because he found humor in her personality.

"They told me that this dog hated children and I said, 'Great. I'll take it,'" Charles joked.

Like the Addams, their creator also liked medieval weaponry, especially heavy items welded with heart and craftsmanship. In his house, he had not one, but two maces, and three swords.

When Charles started drawing the Addams family cartoons, it began with not characters named Morticia and Gomez — those names would come later with the TV series — but with a concept. He drew a vampire wife with a doting husband who looked like Peter Lorre. He didn't create the couple to make a statement, but because he genuinely loved their love.

You see, it's no coincidence that Charles would've felt right at home walking into this particular couple's creepy mansion. He drew the Addams family to be the neighbors he always wanted to live next door.

"They were the type of people I like — people I would be comfortable with," Charles said.

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sputnik_57 38 months ago
I love the AF because it's so wonderfully weird. And that Morticia
Arnold_Ziffel4_life 38 months ago
I honestly just love the Addams family house, I would give anything to live in one like that!
It might still be possible. The real-life model for the Addams Family house in both the Charles Addams cartoons and TV show was a house in the Germantown neighborhood of NW Philadelphia. For all I know, it might still be there today, though the neighborhood these days is someplace you'd feel antsy about in the daytime, and not recommended after dark...maybe not to the point where the Military Draft might be needed again to get enough troops to have your back, but it's not too far away...there are worse sections of Philly, some not too far away from the house that served as Charles Addams' model.
Hi Michael, This Philly house might have inspired the movie version(1st I have heard of this)
but the "actual" Addams house was based on 2 homes in Westfield, NJ, one on Lawrence
and one on Elm Street, the house he grew up in. Westfield was Addams home town, and
mine. Many of his drawings in The New Yorker are instantly recognizable to any native,
he was drawing local sites like the Rialto or Mindowaskin Park.
Every year tens of thousands attend the annual Addams Fest there. Charles dropped by
my elementary school once to visit a teacher he knew, he happened to walk by and
spotted her out front, he didn't talk to the kids though. He lived in NYC but came back
once in awhile.
MrsPhilHarris 38 months ago
We have vultures and bats living on our property were we have our cabin. Lots of bats live around our house too.
harlow1313 38 months ago
I would pay good money if I could find a vulture willing to perch in my front yard tree. I would also like to have a few bats hang around the front door porch. For myself, I am working on a Barnabas Collins look.

I may have a loose screw.
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denny LoveMETV22 38 months ago
Download the free Pluto TV app. They have a channel that has Dark Shadows 24/7.
denny LoveMETV22 38 months ago
Night Gallery is on Comet Channel all day on Friday, used to be on MeTV Sunday nights at midnight, not too long a go.
vinman63 denny 38 months ago
They also have the Adaams Family 24/7
denny vinman63 38 months ago
I've been watching The Beverly Hillbillies and Tosh.0 on there lately. The picture quality on TBH is the best I've ever seen.
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